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1.The state of emergency will be extended to Aug. 31 in 6 prefectures in Japan.

From the report of BBC, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference in the prime minister’s residence in the evening of August 30 that the emergency declaration would be extended and the coverage area will be expanded, amid a record number of the CCP virus cases in Japan during the Olympics. On July 30, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the number of newly confirmed infections was 3,300 (82 people over 65 years old). The previous day the number of new positive cases was 3,865 (105 elderly), compared to 3,177 on July 28. The 16,887 new infections nationwide on 29 was the highest number ever, and the first time, the number of new infections per day exceeded 10,000. After a golden week, the peaked number of infections surged to 7,239 on May 8.

2.Japanese Prime Minister Calls for Peaceful Resolution of Taiwan Issue Through Direct Cross-Strait Dialogue

The Sankei Shimbun reported on July 30 that the Japanese Prime Minister talk about the Taiwan issue: “As for the relationship between Japan and China on the Taiwan issue, we hope to resolve it peacefully through direct dialogue across the Taiwan Strait. This is the basic position that Japan has always taken. In addition, the Japan-US summit talks, or the G7 (Group of Seven) meetings, have also indicated this direction on the Taiwan issue. Under these circumstances, the overall peace and stability are the most important in the Taiwan Strait; as I mentioned earlier, it requires a peaceful resolution across Taiwan Strait. This has been our position historically, and I believe that the countries concerned, including the United States and each of the G7 countries, have become clearer on this issue. “

3.Toshiba’s Strategic Review Will Committee to Make Recommendations Soon

Toshiba Corp.’s board said: On Friday,its strategic review committee will identify core and non-core businesses and make recommendations to the board on the scandal-hit Japanese conglomerate’s strategy soon. Reuters reported on July 30 the statement from Toshiba’s board renewal the commitment, which was made at the end of June. The newly formed strategic review committee would conduct a comprehensive review of existing assets while engaging with potential strategic and financial investors. The statement noted that the group is large and complex, with multiple business lines and subsidiaries, operating in many jurisdictions and subject to numerous regulatory factors, but “it is hoped that the Strategic Review Committee work together with the management team, they will soon be in a position to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on Toshiba’s strategy,” the statement said, but no time frame was given.

4.Japan Wins 17th Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics, the Most in History

Kyodo News reported on July 30, Japan won the most gold medals ever at Olympic Games on Friday, as the men’s fencing and heavy fencing team won the 17th gold medal at the Tokyo Games. It had surpassed the record of 16 gold medals in 1964 when the capital hosted the Summer Olympics and the 2004 Athens Games. Nine judo athletes won gold medals at the Nippon Budokan. Swimmer Yui Ohashi won double duty in the 200m and 400m individual medley, and she was the first Japanese woman to win two gold medals at the Summer Olympics. Compared to 301 events out of 28 sports at the Athens Olympics, 339 events out of 33 sports were held at the Tokyo Olympics. Japan won four silver and seven bronze medals in those events. So far, the total number has reached 28, and there are nine days left to play.

5.Japan’s Foreign Minister Opposes Media Reports That Myanmar’s Military Government Invalidated the Results of November’s General Election

According to Kyodo News, on July 30, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimichi Mogi held a press conference in Tokyo and said, “This development is undesirable because it runs counter to the realization of the rapid resumption of the democratic process.” He argued that Myanmar’s general election, which resulted in a resounding victory for the former ruling National League for Democracy, was conducted fairly under the supervision of domestic and foreign election monitoring groups. However, earlier this week, the military-appointed election commission reportedly annulled the vote results after the military alleged widespread fraud by the NLD in the election process and called for an investigation.

6.Japan’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9% in June

According to Kyodo News, on July 30, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced that the full unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 2.9% in June, down 0.1% from the previous month and improving for two months after March. The main reason is the increase in employment of wholesale and retail trade, etc. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the effective job-seeking rate (seasonally adjusted) rose 0.04% from the previous month to 1.13 times. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the number of fully unemployed people increased from 110,000 to 2.06 million, including 1.2 million men and 860,000 women, compared with the same period last year. On the other hand, the number of people employed in the accommodation and foodservice industry, such as Izakaya and hotels, increased by 130,000 years on year. In addition, the number of people employed in wholesale and retail trade increased by 490,000 years on year.

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